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A Secondment to Singapore – what to expect

23rd May 2019

One of the (many) important reasons I chose to train at Shearman is the range of international opportunities on offer. Not only do most of the deals we work on have a cross-border element, but trainees are encouraged to spend a six-month seat abroad in one of the firm’s many global offices. Having just finished […]

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What do you do in the first two weeks of your Training Contract?

11th February 2019

By Josie Good My first two weeks at Shearman have been really exciting. In the first week, all the trainees undergo an induction programme which is a great introduction to the firm. As a new trainee there is definitely a lot to take in, but Shearman structure a very clever programme to ensure you are […]

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From Shakespeare to The Very Hungry Caterpillar: Why an English Degree is Good Preparation for a Career in Law

7th February 2019

Studying English? Worried you’re now irreparably unemployable? Have no fear. Studying English gives you a (maybe unexpectedly) broad range of skills that law firms like Shearman & Sterling seriously value. Here are five quick examples to remember next time your “more employable” Law student friend denigrates the value of Shakespeare to your career. 1. Reading, […]

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Studying History? You Should Consider a Career in Law

2nd January 2019

As a history student you are often the butt of the employability jokes. I remember there were lots of memes (people still use memes, right?) when I was at university implying history graduates never got jobs (see below): However the perception that history is not an employable degree is just wrong. Law is a common […]

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Top 10 Blogs of 2018

28th December 2018

Throughout 2018 we have created a number of blogs. Many have been written to help you with your training contract applications and to help you understand the legal sector better. Here is a list of our 10 most popular blogs written in 2018: 1. 17 WEBSITES YOU CAN USE TO RESEARCH LAW FIRMS There’s a […]

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5 Reasons Why Theology Students Make Good Lawyers

17th December 2018

I studied an undergraduate degree in Theology before starting my training contract at Shearman & Sterling. Like many Theology students, I wasn’t sure how relevant my degree would be to a career in commercial law. Having now started my training contract, I realise my Theology degree prepared me well for the application process and for […]

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A Guide to Legal Project Management – Whiteboard Wednesday

17th December 2018

TRANSCRIPT: A GUIDE TO LEGAL PROJECT MANAGEMENT (LPM) Well, hello, everyone. Welcome to another Whiteboard Wednesday. My name’s Anthony Widdop, I’m the Global Head of Legal Project Management here at Shearman & Sterling. Well, today we’re going to talk about an introduction to legal project management. So what is LPM? LPM is a set of […]

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Why Trainee Solicitors Need to be Resilient

16th November 2018

What is resilience? Resilience is the ability to face failures and setbacks without allowing them to dominate your life. In relation to wellbeing, resilience is a way of being able to handle stressful situations without them impacting your mental and physical health. When people think about resilience, there are often some misconceptions. For example, resilient […]

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What we are looking for from candidates on a Vacation Scheme

27th September 2018

When you take part in a vacation scheme, it’s important that you know what the law firm is looking for, what competencies you will be assessed against and what the assessment methods will be. Many candidates start a vacation scheme without really understanding what they need to do to perform well – especially if it […]

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Things to know when you do an international seat

24th September 2018

International Secondments You might only be applying for Vacation Schemes at the moment, but you’ll soon be a trainee with options to do a seat abroad. 1. Salary uplift! You might not know this, but it’s common for trainees to receive an increase in their salary whilst on secondment abroad. Spend six months abroad, and […]

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Understanding Law Firm Practice Areas

24th September 2018

For most larger law firms, you’ll find that they specialise in different areas of law – known as practice areas. These practice areas can differ enormously, both in terms of core work and also the skills and competencies required from the lawyers specialising in these areas. For example you’ll often find regulatory lawyers different from […]

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Commercial Awareness – Understanding Money Laundering

22nd August 2018

For those of us whose ideal Saturday night involves a takeaway and binge-watching Netflix, the cult-classic Breaking Bad, its lawyerly spin-off Better Call Saul and the darkly engrossing Narcos have all become essential viewing. Although the representation of the law and lawyers in these shows is often even less realistic than in Suits, there is […]

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